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Tropical Storm Beryl Brings Rain & One Possible Tornado

Some frightful weather in eastern North Carolina on Wednesday. State emergency management spokeswoman Joann Smith says up to 50 homes may have been damaged and possibly destroyed when a storm came barreling through:

“Out of Tropical Depression Beryl came a possible tornado touching down in Carteret County.”

While the tornado was unconfirmed late Wednesday, tornado or not, Smith says the storm did its fair share of damage:

“We had forty to fifty homes with some type of damage. Whether it was shingles blown off or siding missing.”

Smith says damage was limited to structures and power lines:

“We had power lines down, broken trees but no injuries were reported.”

Radar indicated that up to 6 inches of rain fell in coastal areas of North and South Carolina, with isolated pockets of up to 6 inches further inland.

Tropical system Beryl has reminded us that Friday is the opening of hurricane season. Craig Fugate, FEMA administrator has a suggestion when it comes to making plans for the season, saying hurricane landfall can overwhelm cell phone service:

“Don’t try to call people. Text message them. It’s a lot faster and will get through. Use social media to update people.”

South Carolina to Consolidate Two County FSA Offices

On Wednesday, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack gave the instructions to proceed with the office consolidation plan that was announced on Tuesday. South Carolina originally was slated to loose three offices, but the final plan included only two for the Palmetto State; Allendale and Edgefield. York County was in the original plan, but was cut from the final plan and will continue to operate as usual. After the required notifications have been provided to producers, FSA employees and office landlords, closure dates will be established and made publicly available.

NPPC CEO Speaks Out About Egg Bill

The companion to House legislation introduced earlier has now been introduced in the Senate. Along with other housing changes that would be phased-in over the next 15 to 18 years – the Egg Products Inspection Act Amendments of 2012 would require egg producers to essentially double the space allotted per hen. National Pork Producers Council CEO Neil Dierks says the measures in the House and Senate have far too big an impact on consumers for them to be introduced without any public hearings or debate. He also questions why – when our nation’s economy is so fragile – we are allowing special interest groups to draft legislation that would place a significant financial burden on American consumers, federal nutrition programs and American farmers.

Higher Level of Confidence in Safety of U.S. Food Supply

A new survey from the International Food Information Council shows the vast majority of Americans have confidence in the safety of the U.S. food supply. In fact – the 2012 Food and Health Survey shows a jump over last year’s confidence numbers is dedicated to serving the agricultural industry in the Carolinas and Virginia with the latest ag news, exclusive regional weather station readings, and key crop market information. The website is a companion of the Southern Farm Network, provider of daily agricultural radio programming to the Carolinas since 1974. presents radio programs, interviews and news relevant to crop and livestock production and research throughout the mid-Atlantic agricultural community.